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In the current actuarial market and for the foreseeable future finding an entry-level job will be very challenging for most. If you are not hired off campus interviews or have had a successful internship where they offer you a position it comes down to luck in most cases or being in the right place at the right time. Here's a strategy that will at least set you apart from many of your fellow job-seekers.
Sending your resume to HR will only add to the stack of resumes they have already received and yours is going to the very bottom. So, once you choose the type of actuarial work you are best suited for and the geographical area go to the SoA on-line Directory and look at each actuary in the company within your search area. Then select the actuary who seems to be ranked the highest in the mix i.e. Chief Actuary, VP Actuarial, Director, and so on and mail and email them your resume and short cover letter. Both resume and cover should be one page with lots of white. An alternative to this method is to use your alumni guide or college directory which should have graduates listed by their type of work. Again, find an actuary from your school and send the resume and cover citing you are a graduate of the same school and need their help. There is a strong possibility they won't be in your work/geographical preference area but what is your goal? Your goal is to get your foot in the door no mater what.
This is what I call starting at the top and what I use in my marketing. If you start from the bottom i.e. HR where else is there to go ? You should send your resume to HR, also, but start with the actuarial team. It's important to set up an Excel spreadsheet with names, dates, results, and follow-ups.
If you have not heard back from the actuary in a week it's time to give them a call and see what they say. Most of the time you will receive I forwarded it to HR but you established contact. It is very important to ask them for the name and number, especially, of the HR recruiter who recruits actuaries. You must do this so you can continue with this company. I repeat, ask them for the name and number of the actuarial recruiter in HR. If you are lucky, one of the actuaries will be the point person for hiring and much easier to establish contact and get some answers and directions. I hope this helps. If you notice any errors, have questions, or want to add to the dialogue please call. I will answer the phone.